If you are a people person, have a real interest in history or nature, and love the idea of staying in one place for a while, picking up a job as a tour guide is an excellent way to fund your lifestyle on the road.
These jobs vary from short walking tours right up to full-time expedition guides. You need to have a passion for the role you’re applying for (for example a deep knowledge of street art to do graffiti tours), but previous guiding experience isn’t always necessary.
Feel like really getting paid to see the world? Join the ranks of one of the companies that lead tours in multiple countries, like Dragoman, G Adventures, Contiki and Intrepid.
5) Teaching English
Perhaps the ultimate job to do overseas for those that want to immerse themselves in a new culture, picking up work teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) allows you to make decent money and see the world at the same time.
Most English teaching jobs only require you to work around 20 hours a week, educating young kids in basic language skills. You can easily acquire your TEFL certification online, and then secure a job before you leave home. Many schools will either provide housing or help you find a place to live, and take care of all the necessary visas.
It’s a very rewarding job, and the biggest benefit is that you’ll truly get a grasp of local culture and customs. As you build your experience you’ll also be able to move around to different countries and continue living the dream!
6) Become an instructor
If you prefer your job to have a touch of adventure, an awesome way to make money while you travel is to become a certified instructor.
Divemasters are like scuba diving underwater guides or assistants, helping instructors look after new divers or showing qualified people around beautiful sites. Getting your divemaster certification takes three months at a minimum, but some of the benefits include living in tropical paradises, only working a few hours a day (usually), having a qualification that is recognised around the world, and of course, getting paid to go scuba diving!
Teaching surfing, rock climbing, yoga or other activities people like to take on when travelling can be a great way to supplement your income when on the road. Of course, you have to be confident in your skills, but if you are lucky enough to have a strong background in one of these activities, the whole world opens up to you.